Friday, December 10, 2010

Master of the Order visits Angelicum Friars' Community

On Dec. 6, 2010, the Master of the Order, Bruno Cadorè, visited the Convent of SS. Dominic & Sixtus --the residence of most of the friars who teach at the Angelicum. He presented his vision for the intellectual life of the Order and the role of the Angelicum in that vision.

Within the context of the 800 anniversary of the foundation of the Order of Preachers, the Master would like to highlight the Scriptural tradition and present contribution of the Order to that field. The École Biblique et Archéologique Française in Jerusalem received special mention. The Thomistic tradition would be brought forth with the cooperation of the Angelicum, the Albertinum in Frieburg, Switzerland, and the Leonine Commission.

He underlined that Dominicans should not teach Thomism as a "closed system" but St. Thomas' teaching in a critical manner and always in connection with his methodology: a methodology in constant dialogue with the world, whether Pagan, Jewish or Muslim. The Master noted the urgent need for dialogue between theology/philosophy and science, as our STOQ program does; as well as questions of justice and peace with the aid of the human and social sciences.

The Master wishes to see the academic institutions of the Order, especially those under his direct jurisdiction, as places where diverse scholars may study in common in search of the truth in liberty.

The Master also highlighted the importance of the Dominican evangelical perspective in study. Study is for the sake of mission. He is especially solicitous for dialogue between the Academy and those working in the pastoral field, particularly among the poor, in the tradition of the School of Salamanca and the Dominican community in Hispaniola. He concluded by hoping that in the near future there would be more formation solidarity and exchange between the Angelicum and the provinces in the Global South.